Toilet Planning

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Life Support Systems, Work | No Comments
Toilet Planning

Planning the Toilet. When we first arrived here, the long drop was completely full. Strange as it seems now, we were straight out of India, this didn't bother us too much and considered it a luxury not to have someone watching. We had a blank slate to start. I was new to making compost and […]

Composting Toilet

Posted by on Nov 12, 2008 in Life Support Systems | 5 Comments
Composting Toilet

We guess that the final straw for the last people who lived here was when the long drop toilet filled up. That meant that when we arrived there was no toilet.

Worm Farming.

Posted by on Feb 16, 2008 in Gardening, Life Support Systems | 2 Comments

Our worm farm is simple enough. It works to transform kitchen organics and paper that don’t go to the Guinea Pigs into a ready to go mix of humus and seeds from the foods that we like. Pumpkins flourish. I think the most important thing is that it is convenient to use. We have a […]

Solar Power System

Posted by on Nov 3, 2007 in Life Support Systems | 4 Comments
Solar Power System

We live on the peaceful side of the community buffered from the road by acres of forest, the other side of our property is undeveloped pasture. This remoteness puts us far away from the existing grid infrastructure – it might have been possible to get mains electricity connected – but it wouldn’t have been any cheaper.

Grey Water System

Posted by on Oct 21, 2007 in Life Support Systems | 4 Comments

It took as a little while to find out where the grey water from the house went when we first arrived. We have now upgraded that to a council approved unit with some help from our friends!

Garden Water System

Posted by on Sep 13, 2007 in Life Support Systems | One Comment

Today I connected an integrated garden watering system.
We have several gardens. Our main production at the moment is the kitchen greens garden on the deck which is prolifically producing Rainbow Chards and herbs.

House Water System

Posted by on Sep 4, 2007 in Life Support Systems | 2 Comments

We are all quite reliant on a continuously available supply of clean healthy water.

Our Power Usage

Posted by on Jun 11, 2007 in Life Support Systems | No Comments
Our Power Usage

I’ve kept regular records of all our energy and resource flows.

Our Solar Hot Water

Posted by on Jun 6, 2007 in Life Support Systems | 5 Comments

Here are my specifications, open to public comment and quote. We hope to have it installed shortly, as winter is upon us.